A guide to holiday and caravan park fire safety prevention
As a heatwave hits the UK, Britons across the country flock to holiday parks to make the most of the likely short-lived sunny weather. Holiday parks can be fun, but it’s important to be aware of the various fire hazards that come with them. This article will detail how to make your stay safe when barbecuing, camping and caravanning in the hot summer weather.
Nothing signals the start of a British summer like the smell of burgers and hot dogs roasting on a barbecue. While we’re not all very good at pretending to be chefs, we do all need to be good at recognising how to stay safe around a barbecue. Follow these tips to reduce the risk of starting any dangerous fires:
- Don’t leave a barbecue unattended.
- Keep a sizeable amount of water or sand nearby to pour over the fire in an emergency.
- Keep barbecues away from fences, tents and dry grass.
- After use, allow hot coals and ashes to cool down before disposing of them.
- Only light a barbecue outdoors.
- Don’t use petrol to try and reignite a fading barbecue.
Camping during the sunny months can be a fun way to integrate with nature and make the most of the outdoors. A lot of tent manufacturers claim their tents are fire retardant but this doesn’t mean they won’t still catch fire and burn. Even fire retardant tents still pose major fire hazards if you’re not being careful, so make sure to pay attention to the following tips:
- Use a torch instead of a lit candle to light your way around the campsite in the dark.
- Only smoke outside of the tent.
- Leave a distance between tents. This will stop any fire from rapidly spreading through tents.
- Store any flammable liquids outside of the tent.
- In a large tent, reduce cooking appliances as much as possible. If you do need to use cooking appliances, make sure they’re not touching the edges of the tent. Cooking appliances should not be used at all in a small tent.
Staying in a caravan at a holiday park provides all the fun of camping with a little extra security (and your own toilet!) Though more robust than tents, the addition of electrical outputs and more advanced gas appliances mean that safety measures are vital. These guidelines will help you to have a fire-free holiday:
- Make sure the caravan is equipped with working fire safety equipment such as alarms and extinguishers.
- Don’t overload plug sockets as this can cause them to overheat.
- Don’t leave pots and pans unattended on the hob.
- Make sure not to block any air vents.
At Cheshire Fire, we’re dedicated to keeping you safe. We offer the best assortment of essential fire safety products for every property or business. For more information, enquire online or speak to our friendly team.